Stryker's African Ancestry Network honors Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (or MLK Day) is on Monday, January 18, 2021. Celebrated each year on the third Monday of January in the United States, the day is meant to recognize the birth and life of Martin Luther King Jr. From about 1955 until his assassination in 1968, he was the most visible leader during the civil rights movement.
Stryker’s African Ancestry Network (SAAN)would like to bring attention to Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK Day to honor his amazing legacy; his focus on bringing all people together, his instantly-recognizable voice and emotionally-engaging speeches, his timeless commitment to nonviolence and civil disobedience to achieve equality.
There are echoes of MLK’s civil rights movement in the Black Lives Matter movement today. After so many years, parallels between the two movements can be discouraging. However, it’s worth noting that, although the movements look similar, MLK was protesting for black people to be able to vote without violent attacks at the polls, for “whites only” or “no colored” signs to be removed from restaurants, hotels, schools, and businesses. That movement made it possible for ERGs like SAAN to exist in companies like Stryker today. We still have a lot of work to do, but we don’t want to overlook the progress.